GERMAN CATHOLICS TO PAY FOR SACRAMENTS

From THE HERALD (Scotland):

Germany's Roman Catholic bishops have decreed that people who opt out of a "church tax" should not be given sacraments or religious burials. Germans who are officially registered as Catholics, Protestants or Jews pay a religious tax of 8% or 9% of their annual tax bill. They can avoid this by declaring that they are leaving their faith community.

Catholics who leave can no longer receive sacraments, except for a special blessing before death, the decree states. They cannot work in the church or its institutions, such as schools and hospitals, or be active in church-sponsored associations such as charity groups or choirs. They cannot be godparents for Catholic children and must get a bishop's permission to marry a Catholic in a church ceremony. If the person who left the Church shows no sign of repentance before death, a religious burial can be refused.

No, no, no! There are certain lines that you just cannot cross. Having to pay for the sacraments is about as out of order as you can possibly get. Heck, the Roman Catholic church didn't even demand such payment before the Reformation.